JENNINGS COUNTY, IN (WAVE) - The mother who was killed in a crash on an Indiana roadway was in her boyfriend's lap at the time of the accident, according to court documents.
Nikki Reed, 37, was killed in the crash just off U.S. Highway 50 in Jennings County last month. Her boyfriend, 39-year-old Kevin Bell, was driving her SUV after she drove to Pennsylvania to pick him up and return to Indiana with him for one of her child's birthday parties.
A probable cause affidavit filed by the state of Indiana against Kevin Bell indicates that at one point, Reed asked Bell to drive because she was getting tired. As he was driving, she unbuckled her seat belt and began to touch Bell sexually.
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"Kevin stated it distracted him, causing him to leave the roadway and go down the embankment striking the tree," the affidavit read.
Initially, Bell had told investigators that he drove off the road because Reed had distracted him by showing him photos of her children on her cellphone.
The crash happened on Sept. 17, but Bell didn't make it back up the embankment until Sept. 20, surviving on water and Gatorade. A passerby saw him on the side of the road, bleeding and injured. Bell had suffered a broken leg in the crash.
The following charges were filed against Bell on Sept. 28:
+ Leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death
+ Failure to report a dead body
+ Driving on a suspended license
+ False informing
He wasn't arrested on the above charges until Oct. 12, when he was booked into the Marion County Jail in Indianapolis.
The crash isn't the first fatal accident involving Bell. He had once hit a motorcyclist in Pennsylvania and did not report it to police. That victim eventually died from his injuries and Bell was sent to prison. He was released after five months on good behavior.
It's not clear if Bell will face additional charges directly related to Bell's death.